Feminism, Capitalism and the State.

Month: March, 2012

Stop Praying On Our Bodies!

by Loosey Parsuns

On March 25, 2012 at 11am we assembled at Victoria station and gathered.  Those among the group were members of  Fem Cells, Alarm, Sol Fed, students and sympathizers to the cause. We made our way to Westminster cathedral (the catholic church) and got our banner out ‘’stop praying our on bodies, ritualized patriarchy kills women’’. Our message was loud and clear as we chanted ‘’our bodies, our rights’’ and ‘’we give life, we decide!’’ also my personal favorite ‘’not the church, not the state, women will decide their fate!’’

Stating we didn’t receive a warm welcome from those coming in and out of Sunday Mass is an understatement (one woman walked right in front of us and knelt. Prayed for ‘our sins’ presumably). But we made it clear it was no more appropriate to be standing there as it was for the ‘40 Days for Life’ pro life religious group to be protesting outside abortion clinics which they’ve started to do, intimidating women. We do not want to return to a time when women were forced to get unsafe back street abortions in this country. As progressives we should strike a blow to all those nutters all around the world that think its their business what we do with our bodies. It’s not on! Appealing to people’s sensitivities and using emotional blackmail because they want to appease a God that is a myth which belongs in the past not in our future. So I urge you that the threat is not over and on Friday the 30th of March Bishop of Westminster Alan Hopes will be visiting the 40 Days of Life Anti-Abortion Vigil outside Bedford Square Medical Centre. 40 Days of Life have been holding prayer vigils outside the clinic for the last 30 days and attempting to stop women entering the clinic. It’s important that we do not ignore these attempts to take away essential and often life-saving services. Check out Bloomsbury Pro-Choice Alliance and also FemCells for more information.

We are calling for all women everywhere to have free access to safe services in that difficult time in their life. The religious should keep their nose out! And we will keep coming out as long as they do. We women deserve freedom and dignity and this issue serves to reflect the bigotry women face day in day out. And the control over our bodies belongs to us. Women have abortions for many different reasons, rape is one of them. The hate towards women is entrenched in blood but we will keep fighting for what’s right. Even if others don’t like it!

MANIFESTO

by femcells

Life in this society being, at best, an utter bore and no aspect of society being at all relevant to women, there remains to civic-minded, responsible, thrill-seeking females only to overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and destroy the male sex.

SCUM manifesto by Valerie Solanas

WE ACKNOWLEDGE

  •  That we live in a society where women are still second-class citizens, constantly objectified by the media and that this is reflected in everyday life.
  • That the streets do not feel safe for us, because we are constantly being told that the length of our skirts, having tits or our smell are an invitation to RAPE. By the way we choose to dress, smell, look, etc., we are “sluts” and “deserve it”.
  • That society is constantly telling us how we must look and behave in order to be accepted, trying to control our bodies and censoring our agency as individuals with sexual desires.
  • That the previous waves of feminism have seen some of their demands satisfied, but capitalism has found a way to adapt and change the tools for oppression.
  • That capitalism and full gender equality are incompatible, as capitalism is a product of patriarchy.
  • That gender is a social construct that has been used in order to create hierarchies; the first classist society was one that made a distinction between women and men.
  • That we live in dangerous times where conservative institutions, from MPs to antiabortionist campaigns, are constantly trying to cut any form of progress that allows women more autonomy.
  • That many women are still highly dependent on others, be a husband, father or the state, but also are the ones that play a role of carers and do housework most of the time, even when they also have a job.

WE BELIEVE

  • That capitalism and the state must be abolished if we wish to live in a true egalitarian society.
  • That no woman should be judged or shamed by her life choices, who she sleeps with or what she does with her body.
  •  That the only way to eradicate future situations where a woman is subjected to rape and/or domestic abuse is by educating the next generations to RESPECT our own bodies and others.
  • Society has to stop telling victims not to get raped and start telling rapists not to rape.
  • That we should show 0 tolerance towards men who are abusive in anyway, verbal or physical, as both types of abuse are equally destructive and unacceptable.
  • That the anarchist movement, along with the wider political activist scene in London, is failing to address issues regarding sexism and is letting women down, so we must stand up and remind them.
  • That we are not housewives, sluts, sexual objects, nuns or hysterical/emotional creatures, we are humans and our bodies, freedom, rights and subjectivities must be respected!